Bill Mason, Wilderness Artist
From Heart to HandBook - 2005
Bill Mason slips his canoe into the early morning calm and it cuts silently through the water, disappearing into the mist.... This is not a shot in one of Mason's famous films, it is just another day of commuting to the office.
Bill Mason:Wilderness Artist is the story of Canada's most famous canoeing artist. The camera lens and the pallet knife were his instruments.The wild places were his inspiration.
Bill's first film for the National Film Board of Canada, Paddle to the Sea, won 11 awards and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Film in 1968. His work was nominated again in 1970 in the same category for his documentary Blake. By the mid-1970s Bill had become one of Canada's most successful documentary.
Bill Mason:Wilderness Artist examines Bill's entire artistic career—his photography, cartoons, books and films. Created with the full cooperation of the Mason family, this book provides insight into a man driven by a passion for nature.